Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

August 01, 2022

What is a PSPS? 

During fire season (May–October) there may be emergencies or weather conditions that prompt electric utilities to turn off the power to reduce the risk of igniting or spreading wildfires. 

Could a PSPS affect you this summer? 

It’s not likely, but it’s important to be prepared. Based on Salem Electric’s risk analysis of our urban service area a PSPS is not part of our wildfire mitigation plan. However, there is a small chance that Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) could shut off the transmission lines that serve us.

What will happen during a power shutoff?

In a high fire risk situation, BPA would shut off the transmission lines that deliver electricity to our substations. As a result, Salem Electric members would be without power. Members would be notified and updated about the PSPS by email, texts, social media, and website alerts. Members should verify that their email address and mobile phone number are current by accessing their account online, calling our office, or emailing with their name, service address, mobile phone number, and preferred email address. Visit for additional outage resources and links to emergency alert information for Polk and Marion Counties.